The issue of women’s economic empowerment is attracting renewed interest following the launch, in January 2016, of the first-ever UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The former UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, is a Panel member and DFID is supporting the Panel’s secretariat and the associated consultation process. This Challenge, in partnership with CARE International UK, draws on the combined experience of business and NGO partners to identify how companies most effectively empower women. This includes what can be done through companies’ value chains, internal policies and practices, external marketing and customer engagement, and actions to tackle wider systemic constraints, such as women’s care obligations and access to finance.
The first phase of the Challenge culminated in a briefing pack summarising key messages from various consultation events, which were fed into preparations for the July High Level Panel meeting in Costa Rica. The briefing pack included 9 case studies as well as recommendations for action. A second round of consultation focused on feeding in the design of DFID's women's empowerment programme.
9 months, ending Q1 2017